May 21, 2013 – The Kansas State University College of Agriculture Alumni Association recognized one of the founders of U.S. Premium Beef, a Kansas Wheat executive and a K-State entomologist for their contributions to agriculture and Kansas during its annual Wild for Ag events on May 4, at the K-State Alumni Center.
Steven Hunt, Liberty, Mo., received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. He currently is an adviser to U.S. Premium Beef LLC, a marketing company that provides U.S. beef producers with an opportunity to retain ownership of the beef they produce from the ranch to retail. He helped found the company in 1996 and served as its CEO from its formation until January 2013.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1981, Hunt worked in many areas of commercial banking including direct agricultural lending, credit training, finance, international and commercial lending, and pursued his lifelong interest in production agriculture.
Hunt has held a seat on the National Beef Packing Company Board of Directors for 16 years and is active in various trade and civic organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Roundtable, the American Royal Board of Directors, the Midwest U.S.–Japan Advisory Board, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Livestock Meat Industry Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center Advisory Board.
He was named the college’s 2001 Outstanding Young Alumnus and the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus for the Department of Agricultural Economics. Beef magazine listed Hunt in its “Beef Top 40” of individuals who influenced the beef industry over the last 40 years. He also received the 2010 Jay B. Dillingham Agricultural Leadership and Excellence Award from the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City.
Pictured above: Greg Zolnerowich (from left), professor of entomology, Justin Gilpin, CEO of Kansas Wheat, and Steve Hunt, former CEO and co-founder of U.S. Premium Beef, were recently recognized for their achievements by the Kansas State University College of Agriculture. Click here to read about the other honorees.